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Circular economy

In the circular economy, there is no such thing as waste. Products are re-used and materials recycled in a closed loop. The development of a circular economy is a process of transition that may be prompted by technical innovations and new regulations, but primarily by new alliances within and between companies and between public and private parties. Twynstra Gudde can develop outlooks and strategies in this area, look for opportunities and forge joint ventures.

The biggest transition project

Businesses, organisations and government bodies see the development of a circular economy as the biggest transition project of the 21st century. A world where waste no longer exists is an attractive prospect for the entire Dutch economy. For many, the Netherlands 2017 raw material agreement Grondstoffenakkoord is a good starting point for working together. Sharing ambitions does not, however, offer any guarantees. Now is the time to make concrete plans and take steps.

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Which outlook is realistic?

Public and private parties want to know what the circular economy can mean for them. Which outlook is realistic in your field of work and which projects feasible? Those transitioning to a circular economy should not only redefine their own processes, but also principally re-establish their place in the chain. What opportunities do renewable raw materials offer? What opportunities are there to close cycles and who should you then work with? What strategic decisions can you take to boost the transition? What does that mean for buildings and infrastructure?

What you can do tomorrow

Twynstra Gudde can help you to fine-tune your outlook and translate it into what you can do tomorrow. We will review your organisation and map out your material streams, both financial and social. We will look at supplier agreements, at quality marks and at the options for valorising waste. Maybe you’ll be able to reach recycling performance agreements with waste processing companies. Perhaps you can work on new earnings models, so that the concept of a circular economy also becomes financially interesting. More often than not, a shift in culture is also required. Decentralised government bodies can remove any legislative obstacles and help bring private parties together. With good projects in the public domain, you’ll make the value of a circular economy visible.

 

Step by step

We’ll ensure that your ambition of a circular economy is translated into programmes and projects. You’ll get a clear picture of what circularity can mean for your organisation and we’ll help you find the parties that you need to achieve that. We’ll set the partnership in motion, lay down work agreements and write up the necessary contracts. We can manage concrete projects for you. Above all, we’ll ensure a learning approach in which evaluation is a constant as opposed to something that happens at the end. You’ll learn from mistakes, develop knowledge and build on successes. In this way, you’ll gradually bring to an end the waste and depletion of raw materials.

Our added value

For Twynstra Gudde, the circular economy is not only a technical issue, but a social one. Coming up with other ways of working (together) opens up a lot of possibilities. We specialise in achieving that total change, and do so using our expertise in partnerships, change management and project management, along with our close relationship with both public and private parties. With that mix of experience and knowledge, we can really make a success of your change.